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NBC/WSJ Poll: Nationwide majority now favors legalizing same-sex marriage

Nine years ago, it was 62-30 opposed

“Do you favor or oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into same-sex marriages?”

In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll just out this morning, 51 percent said “favor,” 40 percent said “oppose.” The poll has asked that question since 2003. The new result is the first time support reached a majority. But it’s only up a titch since nine months ago, when 49 percent said “favor.”

What’s really impressive is to track the change since March of 2004, when opponents outnumbered supporters of same-sex marriage by 62-30. In 2009, it was 49-41 opposed.

The full poll is here. The marriage question is Q33.